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U.S. Department of Agriculture

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  • Deere to explore strategic options for crop insurance business

    Deere to explore strategic options for crop insurance business
    Deere & Co, the world's largest farm equipment maker, said it was exploring strategic options for its low-margin crop insurance business and had hired Citigroup as its adviser. The company said no formal decisions had been made and no agreements had...
  • Drought triggers Southern California tumbleweed infestation

    Drought triggers Southern California tumbleweed infestation
    Three years of drought have triggered an infestation of tumbleweeds across Southern California, raising the risk of wildfires, especially in the foothill areas. "The Los Angeles basin is facing a tumbleweed problem that hasn't happened in quite some...
  • Chinese snail forces fumigation at Baltimore port

    Chinese snail forces fumigation at Baltimore port
    A shipment of aluminum sheets from China had to be fumigated at the port of Baltimore this week after a snail species never seen locally before was spotted on the outside of a shipping container, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The...
  • California dairy farmers struggling to survive prolonged drought

    California dairy farmers struggling to survive prolonged drought
    Dust whips across the toasted soil where Tom Barcellos usually plants corn for his 800 dairy cows. This season, there was no water to plant the crop. The third-generation dairy farmer was forced to idle a quarter of his 1,200 acres in Tulare County,...
  • Businessman Nik Patel arrested on $150M federal fraud charges

    Businessman Nik Patel arrested on $150M federal fraud charges
    Orlando businessman Nikesh A. Patel has been arrested by federal authorities on fraud charges. Authorities say Patel fraudulently sold $150 million in loans to an unidentified Milwaukee company. The FBI alleges he sold the loans as being guaranteed by...
  • Craft-brewery boom has Washington state's hops farmers scrambling

    YAKIMA, Wash. Dressed in yellow rain gear, Edgar Silva swings his machete to chop the base of a hop vine missed by the crew in the blue-and-yellow truck driving in front of him. "It's a very challenging job," says Silva, 20, who gathers and tosses the...
  • After a century, bison return to Illinois

    After a century, bison return to Illinois
    The hulking animals that stepped from trailers to corrals here late at night drew a hushed, attentive audience of about 25 people. The reason for the reverence: wild bison have been reintroduced on the prairies east of the Mississippi River for the...
  • Re-elect Adam Putnam: Editorial

    Re-elect Adam Putnam: Editorial
    Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam says frustration with Washington, D.C. — "a hot, wet, dysfunctional mess" — led him to give up a top position among U.S. House Republicans four years ago to pursue a job in his home state where he could...
  • Businessman Nik Patel held Rick Scott fundraiser at home

    Businessman Nik Patel held Rick Scott fundraiser at home
    Orlando hotelier Nik Patel, who was arrested Tuesday on fraud allegations, held a fundraiser for Gov. Rick Scott at his home in Windermere in April. An April 30 post on Patel’s company Facebook page shows a photo of Scott standing next to Patel....
  • 12 apple recipes to ring in fall

    It's official. Fall has begun. Instead of lamenting the end of summer and the imminent return of icy weather, let's celebrate all that fall has to offer: Pumpkins, hayrides, apple picking (find a farm for all those things using this list). Cozy...
  • Big Food more effective than Big Government in tackling obesity

    Let's all join together and give big business particularly large packaged food and beverage companies a round of applause. These are the organizations that employ more than 1 million people to produce some of the safest food in the world for our...